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May 22, 2011

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HRC Applauds NBA Commissioner David Stern for Tackling Anti-Gay Discrimination

Washington - For the second time in a matter of weeks, the Human Rights Campaign acknowledges the National Basketball Association (NBA) and its commissioner, David Stern, for their immediate action - this time following the homophobic slur unleashed by Chicago Bull center Joakim Noah. The NBA fined Noah $50,000 for calling a heckling fan a "f***ing f***ot" during last night's game.

"We're impressed by the NBA's precedent-setting effort to eliminate gay slurs on the court," said Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign. "We are seeing a new conversation beginning in the world of sports, where a growing number of pro-athletes are publicly standing up for equality."

Last month, Commissioner Stern fined LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant $100,000 for using the same slur after receiving a technical foul. Like Bryant, Noah quickly apologized after the game.

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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